Sweet Passion

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Sweet Passion
Aretha Sweet Passion Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by Aretha Franklin
Released May 19, 1977
Recorded 1976–1977
Genre R&B, Soul
Length 32:51
Label Atlantic (#19102)
Producer Aretha Franklin, Lamont Dozier, Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager
Aretha Franklin chronology
Sparkle
(1976)Sparkle1976
Sweet Passion
(1977)
Almighty Fire
(1978)Almighty Fire1978
Singles from Sweet Passion
  1. "Break It To Me Gently"
    Released: April, 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau C+ [2]

Sweet Passion is the twenty-sixth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin. It was released on May 19, 1977 by Atlantic Records. Following a brief resurgence in Aretha's sales with the Gold-certified success of her 1976 soundtrack album, Sparkle, Aretha paired up with famed Motown producer Lamont Dozier, to produce Sweet Passion. It was, however, a commercial and critical failure.

The album's lead single, "Break It To Me Gently", peaked at #85 and dropped off the Hot 100 after only two weeks, although it topped the Billboard R&B chart. This recording was released on compact disc in Europe in 2008.

Track listing[edit]

Side One[edit]

  1. "Break It To Me Gently" (Marvin Hamlisch, Carole Bayer Sager) 3:21 (#1 R&B/85 Pop)
  2. "When I Think About You" (Aretha Franklin) 4:46
  3. "What I Did for Love" (Marvin Hamlisch, Edward Kleban) 5:17
  4. "No One Could Ever Love You More" (Lamont Dozier) 3:36
  5. "A Tender Touch" (Aretha Franklin) 3:58

Side Two[edit]

  1. "Touch Me Up" (Lamont Dozier) 4:38
  2. "Sunshine Will Never Be The Same" (Lamont Dozier) 3:36
  3. "Meadows of Springtime" (Aretha Franklin) 5:26
  4. "Mumbles / I've Got the Music in Me" (Clark Terry, Aretha Franklin, Bias Boshell) 3:40
  5. "Sweet Passion" (Aretha Franklin) 7:12

Personnel[edit]

  • Aretha Franklin – vocals, keyboards (5, 9, 10)
  • H.B. Barnum – rhythm arrangements (2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10), horn arrangements (2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10), string arrangements (2, 3, 5, 8, 10), keyboards (5)
  • Ray Brown – bass (3, 8, 9)
  • Sonny Burke – keyboards (2, 3, 4, 6, 7)
  • Joe Clayton – congas (1), percussion (5)
  • Gary Coleman – percussion (2, 4, 6, 7, 10)
  • Ronald Coleman – keyboards (2, 4, 6, 7)
  • Lamont Dozier – rhythm arrangements (4, 7)
  • Scott Edwards – bass (2, 4, 6, 7, 10)
  • James Gadson – drums (2, 4, 6, 7, 10)
  • McKinley Jackson – rhythm arrangements (4, 6, 7), horn arrangements (6)
  • Harold Mason – drums (1, 3, 5, 8, 9)
  • Craig McMillian – guitar (3, 8, 9)
  • Mike Morgan – guitar (3, 8, 9)
  • Gene Page – horn and string arrangements (4, 7)
  • David Paich – keyboards (1)
  • Ray Parker, Jr. – guitar (1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 10)
  • Chuck Rainey – bass (1, 5)
  • Lee Ritenour – guitar (1, 4, 5, 6, 10)
  • Sylvester Rivers – keyboards (1, 3, 8, 9)
  • Bob Zimmitti – percussion (3, 8, 9)

Production[edit]

  • Producers – Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer-Sager (Track 1); Lamont Dozier and Aretha Franklin (Tracks 2-10).
  • Co-Producers on Track 1 – David Paich and Marty Paich.
  • Engineers – Frank Kemjar (Tracks 1, 5 & 10); Reginald Dozier (Tracks 2, 4, 6, 7 & 8); Barney Perkins (3, 6 & 9).
  • Mixing – Reginald Dozier (Tracks 2-10); Barney Perkins (Track 6).
  • Recorded and Mixed at ABC Recording Studios (Los Angeles, CA) and Whitney Recording Studios (Glendale, CA).
  • Track 1 mixed at Studio 55 (Los Angeles, CA).
  • Mastered by Dennis King at Atlantic Studios (New York, NY).
  • Art Direction – Bob Defrin
  • Photography – David Alexander

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sweet Passion review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Sweet Passion review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2015-04-28. 

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